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The FAQ is hideously out-of-date and if today's VA participants gave it serious consideration, they'd probably disagree with large chunks of it. I have proposed eliminating the 25-person cap on political leaders; I hope you can agree with me on that.16:52, 26 September 2014 (UTC)
- @Purplebackpack89: Maybe, but I support the thinking behind having a quota – the question is what we think that quota should be. Cobblet (talk) 20:39, 27 September 2014 (UTC)
- It shouldn't be 25, that's for sure. It should be at least 30. I would also support lowering the quota for musicians, if there is one. I am open to you proposing an alternate proposal, provided it gives us more flexibility among leaders. 21:04, 27 September 2014 (UTC)
Hi. I don't follow the vital article pages, and just returned from being without Internet for a while also. So I was surprised to find that the schism's article had been demoted to level 4 (not sure precisely what that means - is it regarded as a measure of its level of importance to history?). On the vital article talk page I discovered interesting comments. User @Malerisch and user @Gizza question its significance, and claim a coverage in the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox articles that is not there. Those articles call on East-West Schism to cover that material.
As to historical significance, I find your comment "the immediate political consequences of the Protestant Reformation were much more severe". Um, really? How about the fourth crusade, the nail in the coffin to all subsequent notions of reconciliation, and the cement of the schism. Why do you think Pope Innocent III favored a route to Jerusalem that went through Constantinople? There were other wars too. The history of Russia is replete with the overtones of east-west conflicts, political and religious, at least from the time of Peter the Great (but also before). In World War II, Greece fought Italy to a standstill, forcing Germany to send its armies to complete its conquest. That and the subsequent resistance were fueled by memory of the immediate after-effects of the schism and its wars. The Reformation was confined primarily to the west, but the schism was considerably wider.
Not to nit-pick any ill-considered comments, I simply wonder about the basis upon which this rating of the schism was made. To my mind, it seems that a great deal of real history (as well as religion) could be wrongly marginalized in that decision. What I have not seen is any real discussion. The vital article talk page section was a gloss, and I am not seeing evidence that any comment reflected much awareness. I was offline at the time, but I would not have seen the discussion anyway. Perhaps someone would like to respond about my comments on it. I wouldn't mind a bit of enlightening also about what these ratings contribute to WP. They've always seemed peripheral to me. Evensteven (talk) 16:59, 6 October 2014 (UTC)